Is Uber Safe in Cabo in 2023?
On January 23rd, 2023 the US State Department issued a Travel Advisory [ Security Alert – Quintana ] for CANCUN, not Los Cabos. This was after taxi drivers and Uber drivers were fighting with tourists and passengers getting caught in the mayhem.
The US Department states that “in the wake of recent incidents involving taxi and Uber drivers in Quintana Roo, U.S. citizens are reminded of guidance provided on Travel.State.gov, specifically about the use of application-based transportation services in Mexico, which states: Application-based car services such as Uber and Cabify are available in many Mexican cities, and generally offer another safe alternative to taxis. Official complaints against Uber and other drivers do occur, however, and past disputes between these services and local taxi unions have occasionally turned violent, resulting in injuries to U.S. citizens in some instances.”
Uber is still not in legal operations in Los Cabos. Going into January 2023, Uber still has no legal operating licenses as included in the transportation laws of Baja California SUR. All licensed taxis and transportation services must comply with COVID-19 vehicle cleaning protocols. Uber does not enforce, rather only recommends safety cleaning protocols to drivers and imposes no checking on driver compliance to COVID-19 safety.
Uber is not allowed to operate at the Los Cabos Airport by the jurisdiction of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico.
Tourists should be alert – transportation officials have the right to stop Uber, Lyft, and other app-transportation service cars at any time and remove the passengers for their own safety. Many times these users are left stranded without transportation alternatives to and from their resort.
Since Uber drivers are independent contractors the Baja SUR Health Department cannot regulate the cleaning and safety of passengers from Coronavirus. This includes processes for driver testing, disinfection, cleaning, and social distancing. To date, Uber has not made any mandates for drivers in Los Cabos for Coronavirus passenger safety.
Uber is ILLEGAL IN CABO. As in many countries when Uber or Lyft is introduced the local taxis and transportation administration have conflicts. With this, tourists are being removed from Uber cars by officials being left stranded. As of the winter of 2023, there is still an aggressive conflict with Uber in Los Cabos, notably Cabo San Lucas. A shuttle from Cabo airport or private transfers is more affordable and safer in the long run. Recent torture and killing of Uber drivers in Brazil are also causing concern with organized crime.
Update Fall 2020 – The Uber vs. Local Taxi debate has turned ugly as an Uber driver was run down in the early morning hours of March 4th, 2020. The following day Uber drivers staged a procession and roadblock in downtown Cabo San Lucas. This comes after municipal transportation managers were speculated to drive around and remove tourists from Uber vehicles. Frequently this resulted in stranded tourists and Uber vehicles being ticketed and impounded.
Update Fall 2019 – Governor Carlos Mendoza sent his proposition to update the transport laws in Baja California SUR over a year ago. This included regulation for accepting Uber, DIDI, and similar apps for transportation in Cabo. The state Congres said “no”. After four attempts to read the proposition for law protests by taxis, buses and Uber drivers disrupted the voting. The law was voted and 11 against Mendoza’s proposition with 10 in favor. Uber was not granted inclusion in the proposition as a form of legal transportation to operate in Baja California SUR. In response, Uber published articles and sent information to the local press stating that they will continue to obtain legal protection to operate in the region. As it stands Uber and other app-transportation services are not legal in Cabo.
UPDATE 10/23/2019 – The current status after meetings between the Government body overseeing transportation regulation, taxi unions, Uber, and Morena have failed to reach an agreement on traffic mobility laws to include transnational digital platforms for transportation when they are not registered as an entity in the state of Baja California SUR. There were not enough congressional members present to vote on modifications to this act. So, in reality, Uber is illegal, and not decided if it is legal because of not being registered as a business entity in the state, run by residents of the state.
Local Cabo taxi unions are striking alliances with many resorts preventing Uber drivers from picking up or dropping off guests. Many are turning into altercations leaving tourists and unsuspecting bystanders getting injured.
The average cost for an Uber to SJD Cabo Airport from Cabo San Lucas
for two people is $58, not including tip!
There are accusations of local taxis and Uber drivers fighting and causing traffic accidents. There are also accusations that top-level administration in Baja California SUR Government is involved in gaining revenue from taxis and licensing. Understand taxi unions pay to license their vehicles and pay individual permit fees for resort and airport access whereas Uber and Lyft drivers skirt or sidestep these regulations by picking up off the property.
Uber en Los Cabos Airport? Si!
Currently, there is Uber in Cabo however, they cannot pick you up at the Los Cabos Airport or Cabo San Lucas Airport. If you get an Uber in Los Cabos to drive to the Airport they can only drop you off and this is still questionable being legal. If you want to get an Uber from any airport, you’ll need to wheel your luggage and any travel golf bags to the outer parameters of the airport property to the Highway for a roadside pick-up. That walk alone is about 1/2 and the traffic is not safe. Especially for a family.
Our recommendation is for your safety and security do not to use Uber in Cabo San Lucas.
There is Lyft Cabo San Lucas. Safely traveling in Uber or Lyft has become difficult for many travelers in Cabo San Lucas. Alternatives are luxury private airport transportation from Cabo Airport, SJD airport, and Cabo San Lucas airport to any location in Los Cabos, Mexico. All private car service in Cabo is provided in a new comfortable vehicle driven by a professional chauffeur.
Is Uber Safe in Cabo?
Uber was launched in 2018 to much fanfare in Los Cabos. The local taxi unions and other transportation companies fought and still fight Uber and Lyft very hard from many angles. Many Uber drivers are met with anger and aggression, tourists are blocked from entry into Uber cars. Some drivers have been pulled from their cars for picking up tourists outside of resort entrances and beaten or worse, run off the road.
Private Car Service is the alternative to Uber & Lyft in Cabo San Lucas
Private Car Service in Cabo is the best alternative to Uber. Because Uber and Lyft have faced so many challenges in Los Cabos, private car service in Cabo is your next best option for the airport and local transportation services in Los Cabos. SJDtaxi will provide you with a new luxury vehicle, cold beers, and cold water with a professional, licensed driver. If you are on a budget then a speedy shared shuttle is a great alternative.
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